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Krish Ayalasomayajula The challenges and opportunities of Social Investment Tax Relief
Krish Ayalasomayajula, posted on 03.09.14

Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) has recently received Royal Assent as part of the Finance Bill 2014, and looks like a promising tool for social enterprises that are planning to raise investment anytime soon. I have been fortunate to work on a possible pipeline of ventures that might benefit from SITR during my summer internship at ClearlySo.

SITR is intended to support social enterprises to raise catalytic investment at a discount by offering individual investors a tax relief on debt and equity investments. The government has been proactive in initiating this new relief scheme, which is similar to the existing tax relief schemes to encourage investments into early stage ventures like EIS, SEIS in many ways but might as well apply on debt investments making it much more appealing to investors.

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Rod Schwartz A Piece to Honour Stephen Lloyd: A Great Human Being
Rod Schwartz, posted on 21.08.14

A few hours ago I received an email telling me of the passing of my dear friend and colleague Stephen Lloyd. I have no doubt that over the coming days many from the social investment sector will share their thoughts and reflections about Stephen. As I sit at my dining table thinking about him I feel unable to easily come to terms with his sudden death--to ease my pain I feel compelled to write a few words about the man I knew and my experiences of him.

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Jonny Kates In defence of the one-for-one model: why innovation doesn't matter
Jonny Kates, posted on 14.08.14

One of the things I love most about working within the social business "˜movement' (for want of a better word) is being able to learn almost daily about an innovative new enterprise that's making a real impact. As a kid, I used to watch Tomorrow's World religiously to get my weekly hit of that specific emotional feeling that washes over you when you discover something innovative. I remember one episode in particular where an inventor called Trevor Baylis revealed his windup clockwork radio to presenter Carmen Pryce (who had nothing on Philippa Forrester by the way). Pretty cool I guess - a radio without the need for batteries - but it wasn't until later in the segment when Baylis explained that villagers in Somalia were trading rice rations for radio batteries that I felt that feeling wash over me. This regular middle aged guy in a plaid shirt and chinos has invented something that will improve the world.

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Rod Schwartz Third Sector | What happens in Monaco...
Rod Schwartz, posted on 11.08.14

Every year, the global fund management industry converges on a conference called  FundForum, which bills itself as "the world's largest fund management event". Unsurprisingly, fund managers from all over the world attend, as do suppliers and others seeking to service some of the world's professionally managed trillions.

This year's event in June was held, as previously, in embarrassingly opulent Monaco - which, for many reasons, did not seem the most inviting location for someone with social impact investments to peddle. Yet I had been asked to speak on a panel about investing ethically and for social impact. That such a session took place at such an event was most surprising, and I was particularly astounded that the was quite full - and, no, I had not paid people to attend.

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Clare Jones Tech-For-Good Company Fluency receives £110k social impact investment
Clare Jones, posted on 11.08.14

August has been a busy month so far for our tech entrepreneurs. In the first of a range of technology deals to be announced this month, Sinead Mac Manus has secured £110k investment into startup Fluency.  

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Clare Jones The Crowdfunding Buzz and Social Impact
Clare Jones, posted on 23.07.14

A few months ago, my colleague Jonny wrote a blog about the crowdfunding honeymoon, considering the sale of Oculus Rift with nothing more than a nod for the supporters who backed them through crowdfunding. As entrepreneurs come to value more and more the crowd's potential, equity- rather than reward-based crowdfunding is growing.

Nowhere is the buzz around is more evident than in yesterday's world record; Crowdcube raised £1.2m in 16 minutes. Fundraising for their own business, they had already raised £3.8m from institutional investor Balderton Capital. 141 investors backed them - and I know many others who were disappointed they missed out on such a small window. With the backing of such an established investor, those 141 people knew the due diligence had been done, and that they wanted to be part of this crowdfunding buzz.

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Josef Jelinek Successful impact investing for Family Offices - A Report
Josef Jelinek, posted on 16.07.14

I recently joined ClearlySo as an intern and wanted to find out more about impact investing. I was especially interested in finding out about where Family Offices currently fit in this nascent, but rapidly growing, market.

Colleagues had mentioned a seminal 2011 report by Uli Grabenwarter and Heinrich Liechtenstein, "In search of gamma - an unconventional perspective on impact investing". I dutifully tracked it down - not hard to do, given the fact that it always seems to pop up top when conducting online searches under impact investing headings - and wiled away the hours (and days) ploughing through it.

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Mike Mompi Impact: on the angel agenda
Mike Mompi, posted on 14.07.14

This article was originally published by  Blue and Green Tomorrow.

In early July, I was fortunate enough to attend the  UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) Angel Investment Awards. Every year, it is an exceptional event and well-attended by some of the most active angel investors and entrepreneurs from the very best early-stage businesses in the UK. There are various award categories, ranging from best investment in a disruptive technology business to angel investor of the year, and only recently, social impact investment of the year.

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Hannah Sheath Valuing your Business: Methodologies for entrepreneurs
Hannah Sheath, posted on 01.07.14

As we advise businesses and investors, some of the most common questions are around valuation. Valuing a business that creates social or environmental impacts has added complexity - on top of all the pitfalls of valuing any other company. This post offers a valuation methodology for entrepreneurs, to support them when they are looking  for investment to help them scale their impact.

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Rod Schwartz Third Sector, Rodney Schwartz | Sosyal girisimcilik
Rod Schwartz, posted on 27.06.14

This article was originally published in the Third Sector magazine and website.

Sosyal girisimcilik: some of you might have guessed the meaning of the first word, but I suspect few of you will know the second one means "entrepreneurship". It is remarkable that the letter "i" appears five times in a word with only 12 letters - my favourite word as a child was "antidisestablishmentarianism", which also has five "i's", but spreads them over 28 letters.

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